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[kuh n-vur-tuh-buh l] /kənˈvɜr tə bəl/
capable of being converted.
having a folding top, as an automobile or pleasure boat.
exchangeable for something of equal value:
debts payable only in convertible currencies.
an automobile or a boat with a folding top.
a sofa, couch, or chair whose seating section can be folded out into a bed.
Finance. a convertible bond or security.
Origin of convertible
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word convertibilis. See convert1, -ible
Related forms
convertibility, convertibleness, noun
convertibly, adverb
nonconvertibility, noun
nonconvertible, adjective
nonconvertibleness, noun
nonconvertibly, adverb
unconvertibility, noun
unconvertible, adjective
unconvertibleness, noun
unconvertibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Furthermore, matter and potentiality are convertible terms, therefore the primal Energy or Actuality must be immaterial.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • These sons all were disposable, convertible to some aim or end.

    Mary Seaham, Volume 2 of 3 Elizabeth Caroline Grey
  • There was but one kind of security to offer and that was convertible bonds.

  • Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Mind, individual method, originality (these are convertible terms) signify the quality of purposive or directed action.

British Dictionary definitions for convertible


capable of being converted
(of a car) having a folding or removable roof
  1. a bond or debenture that can be converted to ordinary or preference shares on a fixed date at a fixed price
  2. (of a paper currency) exchangeable on demand for precious metal to an equivalent value
  3. (Canadian, of a mortgage) able to be converted into a longer term mortgage without financial penalty
a car with a folding or removable roof
Derived Forms
convertibility, convertibleness, noun
convertibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for convertible

late 14c., from Old French convertible (13c.), from Late Latin convertibilis "changeable," from Latin convertere (see convert (v.)). The noun is recorded from 1610s; meaning "automobile with a fold-down top" is from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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